Tonight’s starting goalies – March 10

Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day.

Buffalo @ Boston – 7 p.m.

Buffalo’s starter: Ryan Miller gets the start once again for the Sabres. (Source)

Boston’s starter: Tim Thomas will be tonight’s starter. (Source)

Philadelphia @ Toronto – 7 p.m.

Philly’s starter: Brian Boucher will start for the Flyers. (Source)

Toronto’s starter: James Reimer gets the call to start again for Toronto, his seventh straight start for the Leafs. (Source)

Ottawa @ Florida – 7:30 p.m.

Ottawa’s starter: Craig Anderson gets the start for the Sens. (Source)

Florida’s starter: Tomas Vokoun will start for the Panthers. (Source)

Montreal @ St. Louis – 8 p.m.

Montreal’s starter: Carey Price will start for the Habs. (Source)

St. Louis’ starter: Jaroslav Halak will start against his former team. (Source)

Minnesota @ Nashville – 8 p.m.

Minnesota’s starter: Niklas Backstrom gets the start for the Wild. (Source)

Nashville’s starter: Pekka Rinne will get the call to make this a full-on Finnish goalie showdown. (Source)

Calgary @ Phoenix – 9 p.m.

Calgary’s starter: Miikka Kiprusoff appears to be the likely starter tonight.

Phoenix’s starter: Ilya Bryzgalov should be the starter for the Coyotes tonight.

Vancouver @ San Jose – 10:30 p.m.

Vancouver’s starter: Cory Schneider gets the start for the Canucks tonight. Curious decision against the hot Sharks. (Source)

San Jose’s starter: Antti Niemi will get the call once again as he’s been awesome of late for San Jose. (Source)

After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”

Virtanen to make NHL debut tonight versus Kings

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Jake Virtanen, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, will make his NHL debut tonight when his Canucks meet the Kings in Los Angeles.

The 19-year-old winger was a healthy scratch for Vancouver’s first three games of the regular season. He had two goals and two assists in six preseason games.

“I can’t wait,” he told reporters. “My energy is high. I want to get a couple of hits on my first shift.”

Big and physical with goal-scoring ability, the consensus is that Virtanen will remain in the NHL and not be returned to junior after he’s played nine games. That consensus could always change based on his play, of course.

The Canucks — who won last night in Anaheim — did not have a full skate this morning, so it’s unclear who will come out of the lineup. The best guess is rookie Jared McCann, who’s been playing third-line center.

If McCann does come out, the Canucks could move Brandon Sutter to third-line center and Virtanen could take Sutter’s spot on the first line with the Sedin twins. Or, there could be more extensive line juggling.